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A Guzheng is a traditional Chinese instrument dating from the Qin dynasty (c.
200 BC to the rest of us). It is the ancestor of the Japanese Koto as well as
several other zither-like instruments found across East Asia.
The notes are plucked with the right hand, on which the player wears tortoiseshell
finger-picks. The left hand is usually bare, but sometimes used to pluck
accompanying notes as well as providing pitch bend and vibrato effects behind
the bridge. Sometimes virtuoso performers will use finger picks on both hands.
Other playing techniques include tremolo (very fast repeated notes), harmonics,
and sweeping glissandos.
The Soniccouture Guzheng
instrument has been extensively recorded in 24 bit
44.1khz stereo. Three articulations were sampled: right hand (finger picks), left
hand (flesh), and harmonics (finger picks). Up to ten velocity levels, three round
robin alternations for the right hand, and two round robin alternations for the left
hand. This ensures natural attack transients with no 'machine-gun' repetition.
Across all 21 strings this amounts to 1027 samples totaling just over 2 gigabytes.
Soniccouture provide a method to play the Guzheng in its original tuning, or in chromatic
tuning, for each format.
Pricing and Availability:
- 2.25 GB Sampled Instrument
- 24 bit Stereo 44.1 Recording
- KSP 'Last Note Standing' PitchBend Processor
- KSP Glissando and Tremolo Processors
- Right ( Picked ) and Left Hand ( Finger) + Harmonics Sampling
- 3 Round Robin Layers + Up to 10 Velocity layers per note
- Kontakt 2 / 3, Logic EXS24 or Ableton Live 7 Required
Guzheng is available now.
Download Price USD $99 / GBP Â£49
DVD USD $104 / GBP Â£52